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    Perpetual Pearl Student Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert lisa c's Avatar
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    Very Handsome! and I always feel awestruck when I can replace something from my past, and gleeful. Did you feel it too?

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    I was definitely excited. I was very close to my Aunt, although they weren't the same pieces…I feel like I had something of her to keep with me again, sometimes I pull them out and think of her. One of the reason I think jewelry can be so profound, the memories they evoke .

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    Very Handsome! and I always feel awestruck when I can replace something from my past, and gleeful. Did you feel it too?

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    So very true, BlackPearlDudeDC ... jewelry can be a great memory token. I have a "life stripe" bracelet in memory of each of our parents, to help me remember the good times ... and my Tahitian strands are in memory of my dad; the last to leave us, and hard ... and he loved pearls ... and even better, a great value LOL (with thanks to PP )
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    My first pearl was a pearl pendant from my grandmother. She gave it to me in the early 1990s. Try to take a picture tomorrow.

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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert amti's Avatar
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    My first pearl was probably from a boyfriend in high school, around 1977-78. It was a small akoya dangling from a gold heart and came with a chain. He also bought me my first diamond (pendant too). He had very good taste for a high schooler. The diamond pendant was only $59 at the local PX. I'm still good friends with him and found out a few years ago he is dying of an incurable disease. When my mom went to Japan in October, she wanted to see him but he wasn't able to go out in public so they just spoke on the phone. I'm glad I still have the necklaces he gave me even though I haven't worn them in decades.

    My first pearl strand was a beautiful slightly pink akoya strand my then jeweler grandmother gave me... I wore them during my high school graduation. The pearls were small but beautiful and I loved the way they shone. I kept them for about a year before asking her if I could get a larger pearl and more. I was already working so I paid her the difference and she bought me three loose strands and made me a double strand necklace, a double strand bracelet and some screw back dangling earrings. I still have the pearls and they are very special to me. Since learning to restring pearls, my world has gotten a lot bigger and my pearls are going further in daily wear! Here are the newer pearls from 1980 with their original clasp, in a temporary strand.
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    Those are some very special memories, amti. The pearls have a nice glow to them, too.

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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert amti's Avatar
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    Thank you Pearl Dreams.

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    Very pretty pearls amti ! And as BPDDC mentioned..it's the lovely memories that the jewellery evokes that makes them special !

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    Amti, how wonderful! I really enjoyed your story, and that you kept in touch with your old BF; love the pearls, LOVE that you wanted to up-size after a year!

    If if you ever get a minute, do you have a photo of yourself wearing the double necklace and bracelets? It'd be really cool to see it posted.

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    Ooohhh didn't know this thread existed until it got bumped by new posts! I have a funny story so I'll play: My very first pearl was a baby 13mm drop GSSP with diamond heart for my 18th birthday. It is the necklace on the right.

    In Asia, we don't have Sweet 16; instead, 18 is the coming of age - the age when we can drive, drink and so on. 18 was also a special birthday for me because I'm a summer baby, so high school graduation fell in the same month, and I was moving from Taipei to the States for college.

    My parents booked dinner at one of the best French restaurant for our family along with a few other close family & friends to celebrate. I was decked out in a new dress, and the pearl necklace. Half way through dinner, my parents said - "Paula, we can't be naive to think that you're not going to come across alcohol in college. You need to know how it feels like when you are about to cross the line, so, drink up!"... Yes, I have interesting/awesome parents.

    So on that night, I got DRUNK on champagne, white wine, and incredible first growth Bordeaux Chateau Margaux and Chateau Latour. And when I say drunk, I had to be carried home and puked all over myself. Pearl survived, but the dress didn’t… And let me tell you – it worked. The number of times I got drunk in college? ONE time. And it was in a closed environment with trusted friends.

    I don’t wear it nearly as much these days because of my other necklaces such as Victoria Grayson and Emily Thorne, but it is quite a milestone story in my life. Thank you for letting me share this story & pearl with you all!

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    Glooooorioski! What a story, what a pearl! Do you have a story for the pearl next to it?
    This is right up there with best threads ever, right?

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    Lisa!!! I have quite a few pearls with beyond hilarious stories, but sadly this little triple marquee champagne one does not... My mom picked it up cuz even though the colors are pretty light & creamie on both the pearls and the marquees, they works quite well together. And relatively it was a pretty good deal!

    Want another funny pearl story from me & mom???

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    Perpetual Pearl Student Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert lisa c's Avatar
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    Always! Bring on the stories and the pearls!

    Well, I should've said "of course I'm sorry for your awful experience", because I'm ALL sympathy, unfortunately due to a very similar experience of my own. Only I didn't get a pearl!

    I wish my folks had known about the pearl part of the experience...of course, I'm forgetting they didn't know about the drinking part, so how would they know I needed a pearl?
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    Love the story, Love the pearls! More of both please!

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    Lovely stories everyone, keep posting!